ICC ODI rankings: India assured of no.1
Dubai, Mar 18 : India has been assured of number-one ranking on the Reliance ICC ODI Championship Table on the Apr 1 cut-off date.
India will now receive the ODI Shield as well as a cheque of US$175,000 for finishing atop.
South Africa, which could have toppled India had it won the series 5-0, now can finish second.
But to make that happen, it will have to beat Pakistan in the remaining two ODIs. South Africa's failure to win the last two ODIs will mean England will finish second and collect a cheque of US$75,000.
The battle for second place on the Reliance ICC Test Championship Table at the Apr 1 cut-off date is heading for a close finish, in what is still a three-way race between England, Australia and India.
Number-two ranked England was held to a draw by New Zealand in Wellington as rain washed out play on the final day on Monday, leaving the series still deadlocked at 0-0.
In Mohali, fourth-placed India defeated third-ranked Australia by seven wickets to take a 3-0 lead in the four-Test series.
With the Test Championship table to be updated only after the conclusion of the series, the three sides are separated by 13 ratings points with the final Tests in New Zealand and India scheduled to conclude on Mar 26.
When the Championship table will be updated, will also reflect results from the ongoing West Indies-Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka-Bangladesh series.
While England needs to win or draw the Auckland Test to secure second position, India and Australia not only need to win the New Delhi Test but also hope for a New Zealand victory in the Auckland Test.
If New Zealand wins the series 1-0, then the team that wins the New Delhi Test will finish in second position at the Apr 1 cut-off date.
South Africa has already sealed its position as the number-one ranked Test side at the Apr 1 cut-off date, which means it has not only retained the Test mace but has also been assured of a reward of US$450,000.
But a further US$750,000 is still up for grabs. This money will be distributed to teams that will finish second (US$350,000), third (US$250,000) and fourth (US$150,000) on the Championship table at the cut-off date.
The increased incentive in the form of prize money was approved by the ICC Board in 2012 and was aimed to promote Test cricket in the period before the ICC Test Championship event in 2017.
Upcoming Test fixtures
20-24 Mar - West Indies v Zimbabwe, Roseau (Dominica), second Test
22-26 Mar - New Zealand v England, Auckland, third Test
22-26 Mar - India v Australia, New Delhi, fourth Test
Reliance ICC Test Championship table (as on 18 March, to be only updated at the conclusion of a series)
Rank Team Points
1. South Africa 128
2. England 118
3. Australia 117
4. India 105
5. Pakistan 104
6. Sri Lanka 92
7. West Indies 91
8. New Zealand 78
9. Bangladesh 0
Zimbabwe is currently unranked, as it has played insufficient matches. It has 167 points and a rating of 42.
(Developed by David Kendix)
Upcoming ODI fixtures
South Africa v Pakistan
4th ODI: Durban, 21 Mar
5th ODI: Benoni, 24 Mar
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh
1st ODI: Hambantota, 23 Mar
2nd ODI: Hambantota, 25 Mar
3rd ODI: Pallekele, 28 Mar
Reliance ICC ODI Championship (as on 17 March, after the third South Africa-Pakistan ODI)
Rank Team Rating
1 India 119
2 England 117
3 Australia 116
4 South Africa 114
5 Sri Lanka 110
6 Pakistan 106
7 West Indies 86
8 New Zealand 82
9 Bangladesh 78
10 Zimbabwe 47
11 Ireland 35
12 Netherlands 16
13 Kenya 11
(Developed by David Kendix)